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Papaya and coconut muffins

Papaya and coconut muffins

Here’s a healthy morning tea treat or after-school snack. Muffins with the sweet goodness of fresh papaya. It’s too easy!


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Passionfruit

Passionfruit

Get it right and you’ll be plucking bucket-loads of fruit from your passionfruit vine; get it wrong and you won’t see a single sausage! We have the answers.

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Peas

Peas

Here’s a garden fact: you can never plant too many peas. Every year Justin Russell rues not having doubled his initial sowing. But not this year. Join in, plan big and follow his tips for a bumper harvest.

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Peas 2

Peas can be grown throughout Australia in the cool months and with both dwarf and tall-growing varieties available, peas are pod-perfect for any size garden.

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Perch Hill Farm

Perch Hill Farm

Linda is passionate about growing all her own vegetables at home. So she sought inspiration from England’s great gardener, writer, teacher, and vegetable grower, Sarah Raven.

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Pineapples

Pineapples

Linda Ross was suffering from pineapple nostalgia: for when car trips up north invariably passed through fields of pineapples and by the tremendous (for a 9-year-old) ‘Big Pineapple’. So she grew pineapples in her backyard patch in Sydney and surprised herself and the family with a bumper harvest!

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Plant Thai food

Plant Thai food

We love to plan our vegetable beds around dinner, so we grow a pizza-patch, a ratatouille garden, and our current favourite, a Thai takeaway. This is a hot-spot of the herbs, spices, vegetables and fruits that go into favourites such as tom yum soup and Thai beef salad. Here we offer tips for a scaled-down version that is, in the tradition of Thai takeaway puns, Thairiffic!

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Planting potatoes

Planting potatoes

Order potatoes now and plant in spring for a delicious feed of new potatoes for in summer, and a second harvest next winter.

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Plums

Plums

As if the beautiful spring blossom of the plum were not enough to make it a lovely small tree choice for the home garden, it also deliver splump juicy fruit for eating, stewing, bottling, drying and cooking. The only question is which plum to plump for. Here we consider the options.

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Potato and Sweet Potato

Potato and Sweet Potato

Spring is a good time to start a patch of both regular and sweet potatoes. Linda Ross tells how to plan for buried treasures.

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Potatoes

Potatoes

The ultimate comfort food starts here, with plans for a potato patch. 

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Potted: Basil

Potted: Basil

There are many types of basil to choose from: Thai, lemon, Greek perennial, globe, holy and purple, but regular sweet basil is indispensable, so start with that, then add to your collection.

 

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Potted: Blueberry Burst

Potted: Blueberry Burst

More reasons to grow your own food - a dwarf-growing blueberry with fruit the size of a grape! The luscious fruits are produced in large quantities in late winter and early spring.

 

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Pumpkin soup with sherry chantilly

This sweet and fragrant soup has a creamy texture courtesy of potato, and is topped with the luxurious surprise of whipped cream flavoured with cream sherry!

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Pumpkins

Pumpkins are part of the cucurbit, along with zucchini, gourd, squash and cucumber, and have been cultivated for more 5000 years. Join in, urges Linda.

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Root Vegetables

We have dedicated a whole rectangle of our vegetable patch to roots. Beetroot, carrots and spring onions are among the crops that can be sown every week of the year for a continual harvest of tasty, nutritious goodness. A kind of kitchen staple - if you like. And cool season roots such as parsnip, kohlrabi and celeriac are delicious roasted or pan-fried. 

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Salad Greens

Salad Greens

Every night of the week a different salad is served up on the Ross family dinner table as Linda explores the range of textures and flavours in grow-your-own greens. She says salad leaves are so easy and quick to grow you’d be mad not to join in.

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Salad Leaves

Salad Leaves

In an era of masterchefs and duelling kitchens it’s hard to believe that 30 years ago a salad was iceberg lettuce, a pale, firm tomato wedge and a splash of bottled French or Italian dressing. These days there are cookbooks dedicated solely to the art of the salad and the variety of leaves we can grow in our gardens is enticingly large. Join the salad revolution!

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Sprouts

Sprouts

With the cooler weather setting in, its time to bring healthy vegetables inside onto the window sill and start to grow your own sprouts.

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Star of the season: Agastache

Star of the season: Agastache

These easy-care, minty-fresh flowery fillers offer reliable and long-lasting summer colour.

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Star of the Season: Correa

Star of the Season: Correa

Maria Hitchcock holds the National Living Collection of this wonderful little native, which is easy-care, versatile, generously flowering and bird-attracting. Here she shares her favourites and her growing tips.

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Strawberry

Strawberry

Fresh strawberries for dessert, or jam-making on the weekend? These are the tough choices facing the home strawberry grower. Linda Ross, who in October will harvest a kilo every second day from the family strawberry patch, tells how it’s done.

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Strawberry Guide

Strawberry Guide

Some tips on growing strawberries.

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Sweetcorn

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The List: Our 5 favourite purple vegetables

Here are the 5 must-have purple veg this winter. Why purple? The colour is caused by a pigment called anthocyanin which is responsible for the colour of blueberries, purple and red grapes and red cabbage. It’s an antioxidant that appears to have a number of health benefits but also tastes yum!

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The List: Top 5 Edible Flowers

The List: Top 5 Edible Flowers

You might not have space for a vegetable plot, but foraging in the garden can still yield treats for dinner. Linda Ross picks a few delicious surprises.

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The Spice Garden - Garnisha

The Spice Garden - Garnisha

Tim Warren grows all the fresh ingredients he needs to make his Garnisha range of spice pastes and chutneys. Here we take a deliciously fragrant walk through the garden.

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Tomatillo

Tomatillo

Much as I love my tomatoes and always give them pride of place in my summer garden, their outlandish Mexican cousin has really grown on me in recent years. Tomatillos are easy to grow, bear heavily without the need for constant attention, and taste fantastic.

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Tomato - Wapsipinicon Peach

Tomato - Wapsipinicon Peach

An unpronounceable mouthful of consonants hasn’t stopped ‘Wapsipinicon Peach’ being pronounced delicious in tomato taste tests. The slightly furry skin accounts for the peach reference, and the rest is a river in Iowa. We call it a wapsi and think it’s a beauty!

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Tomato Time

Tomato Time

There is much joy to be had in picking sun-ripened, richly flavoured sweet tomatoes from your own garden. Linda Ross shares her tried and trusted tips and techniques.

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Tomatoes

For home-grown tomato tragics like Linda early spring doesn’t signal a time to ramp up the gym membership and line up a fake tan. Rather she is busy germinating heirloom tomatoes seeds. Whether you are joining her in growing from seed, or skipping that step with seedlings from the nursery, here are her top tips for growing a great feed of tomatoes this summer. 

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Trace Elements

Gardeners are often advised to add nutrients and trace elements to the soil before planting, especially before planting edible plants. Why? Linda has the answers.

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Turnips

Turnips

Turnips carry their share of clodhopper baggage, but like other humble veg the turnip is  experiencing a renaissance. And not before time. They are dead simple to grow, highly productive and, given careful varietal selection, utterly delicious.

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Warrigal Greens

Warrigal Greens

James Cook’s crew dined on it to ward off scurvy. Now top chefs are going wild for this antioxidant-rich native spinach that grows like a weed.

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Watercress

Watercress

For a peppery zing in a salad or sandwich, and a serious green heat in a silky soup, you can’t beat watercress. Fortunately it’s as simple to grow, as it is good to eat.

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Winter Veggie Patch

Winter Veggie Patch

Winter is a busy time in the vegetable garden and a delicious time in the kitchen. Roast parsnip and potatoes, sprouting broccoli, and hot pan-fried radicchio, all fresh from the garden, are the highlights of the season.

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Woodbridge, Tasmania

Woodbridge, Tasmania

Robin Powell admires the view with pioneering heirloom apple grower Bob Magnus, whose ideas about pruning will change your mind about how to grow apples.

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Zucchini and Summer Squash

Zucchini and Summer Squash

Zucchinis are exuberant summer vegetables that ramble along the ground. They produce a harvest every second day, which might overwhelm if it weren’t for their versatility as raw, cooked, pickled, souped, or frittered deliciousness.

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